Let the memory of Donald be with us forever. His family loves and misses him.
  • 78 years old
  • Born on November 19, 1932 in Minot, South Dakota, United States.
  • Passed away on May 5, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our Dad, Donald Kenneth  Houlding, 78, born on November 19, 1932 and passed away on May 5, 2011.
 He left a brother, two sisters, his wife of 45+ years, two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.  He passed  a few months after his grand-daughter, Jessica's,  wedding.  We will remember him forever.  We will love and miss him forever.  His sister, Nancy joined Don in 2017.

Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 4th December 2018
Hi, Dad. Thanks for banging the door. It is nice to sense you and Mom. I miss you, both.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2018
Happy birthday, Dad. Thank you for watching over Donny during his surgery. I miss you so much. I feel you and Mom sometimes. You are a great Dad! I love you.
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2018
Happy birthday, Dad. I know you are watching over me and I pray for you daily. I miss you and love you always. Lil d
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th October 2018
Hi, Dad. Your birthday is next month. The years are going so fast! Thanks for taking care of Mom. I hope you and Mom are happy. I think you are. I know you're both proud of Donny. He is a wonderful man. Yes, Kim is pretty great, too. My favorite memories of you are seeing you in you dress uniforms. I could not love you more! Sometimes I think Donny gets hurt or something because of that Sperm-donor I had. I've never thought of him as a Father, only you. I love you and miss you. Thanks for letting me live here.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 5th May 2018
I can't believe it has been seven years. We miss you every single day. Take care of Mom and Tom. See you someday.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 4th April 2018
Dad, not a day goes by that I don't miss you and Mom. I'm glad to be able to move home. We all miss you. I love you.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 27th December 2017
Take care of Thomas for me. I'm so glad he didn't suffer. I miss you and Mom very much.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2017
Hi, Dad. Happy Birthday. I've thought about you a lot lately. I love you so very much. I thank you, and Mom, for showing me what to want in a marriage. Got it wrong first, but then got it so right! You were an amazing Dad, and taught me much. Thank you for being my Dad! We, all, love you.
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2017
Happy birthday Dad. I love you and miss you every dad. Please tell mom I love her too.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 17th October 2017
Dad, It breaks my heart, but Tom must be with you and Mom. I miss everyone so much that this is very hard to go through. I feel you and Mom often. I miss you, both. Please help Tom to come home. My cosolation is that I will be home in Richfield. I am certain I'll find you there. I remember watching you build the sand box for us, dig the holes for the fence posts, so many things! I miss you. Wheatie-wheatie
Posted by Heather Houlding on 10th May 2017
I've never shared this story before because it was between us. I remember being in the hospital room, just the 2 of us. I told you how proud of you I was and I felt you squeeze my hand. I know you're still around me and get the 10 cents every time you leave it. I'm still proud of you and miss you lots. Love always
Posted by Don Houlding on 5th May 2017
There are days when I feel you. I miss talking to you, but I believe you still hear me. I will love you always.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 5th May 2017
Hi, Dad, I still think of you nearly every day. Tom is in a nursing home here in town. Its my guess that he'll be with you very soon. Take good care of him and Mom. I still like talking to you. You WERE my father. I miss you so much! I love you, Dad.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2016
Hi, Daddy. I sent Mom some roses like you would have wanted. They arrived yesterday. Please take good care of her. We will miss her. It is really hard to believe you would have been 84! Time has just flown. Before you know it I will be there, too. I hope to wait a while, though. I miss you! Happy Birthday!
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2015
Hi, Dad, today would have been your 83rd birthday. Mom got the roses that we sent. They even increased it to 18, instead of a dozen. We all miss you, especially Don. I feel your presence and know, somehow, that you love us and are well. I am proud to be your daughter. Happy Birthday!
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2015
Happy birthday Dad. It would be so much better if you were here. I love you. Thank you for all you did.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 5th May 2015
Dad, we still miss you all the time. Barely a day that I don't think you you or say prayers for you. We love you very much. I wish I could hug you one more time. I love you.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 23rd January 2015
Hello, Dad. I think of you very often. Miss you.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2014
Happy Birthday, Dad. It's hard to believe it is only three and a half years since you passed. I doubt a day goes by that we, as a family, don't think of you and miss you. I started writing this twelve hours ago. I got side-tracked by Thomas. I miss you so much! I can almost feel you hug me at times. See you when I get there. I love you.
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2014
Happy birthday dad. I think of you often, and miss you always.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 8th May 2014
Dad, we all miss you so much. Sometimes I feel that you are near. I am so thankful you did not suffer long. I have so many good memories of you and love you as my father. We'll be together again, some day. I love you.
Posted by Don Houlding on 5th May 2014
Three years, Dad. I miss you every day.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 19th November 2013
Hi, Dad. Happy Birthday. We all miss you. I talk to you often.I really feel that you are nearby at times. Thanks for helping Mom find things. She misses you so very much. I am so proud to be your daughter. I love you more than I can put into words. I'll see you, eventually. JuJu
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2013
Happy birthday, Dad. I miss you always. I think of you often. I love you forever.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 17th October 2013
I just wanted to tell you I love and miss you. Sometimes I sense your presence. We love to so much!
Posted by Don Houlding on 5th May 2013
Thank you Dad, for the wonderful dream the other night. You were so close. I miss you...
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 5th May 2013
Dad, It's been two years since your left us. We still miss you every single day. Jessie has a hard time looking at her wedding pictures and seeing the empty seats for you and Mom. She misses you a lot. She's doing as well as possible. She'll be 85 in August. We love and miss you, Dad.
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 21st November 2012
Happy Birthday, Dad. I could not get this to post yesterday, so I am trying again. We still miss you, and think of you daily. Mom said the days are getting a little better with your help. You would have been 80 this year! Your grand-children miss you. Especially Heather and Jessica. We'll see you when we get there, Dad. Love you!
Posted by Don Houlding on 19th November 2012
Happy birthday Dad. I miss you every day. I found your old baseball glove the other day. It was right where you left it. Love you!
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 14th August 2012
Dad, Thank you for being my father! I was so lucky to have you. We had our bad times, but there were many more happy ones. My memories are so clear! Watching you build the fence, lay the sidewalks, make a sand-box, put up the swing set, listening to the Gophers football on the radio, learning Black Jack, even beating you ONCE at Gin Rummy. I love you. Juju
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 2nd July 2012
There have been many times, since his passing, that I have sensed his spirit. Nuts? Maybe. Maybe not! He has been there for me all my life. Maybe he gave me the strength that was necessary recently. Our a beloved pet, Brandy, passed. I had to make sure she was buried ant at peace, then tell my 63 year old husband that his "Daddy's girl" had passed. You taught me strength. Thanks, Dad!
Posted by Julie Dee Vlaminck on 1st July 2012
Donald was the eldest of four children. He was married for 49 years to my Mother. He was not able to adopt me due to the financial strain that would resulted from having to entirely support an epileptic child. He was my father in every way that mattered, as well as having two children of his own. He loved to tell jokes and play cards. He is deeply loved and missed by all who knew him.

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